Sam Harland – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2008

Review by Steve Bennett

Drama-school graduate Sam Harland delivers his material like a pro – an old-school Northern club pro.

Nothing wrong with that; the timing and emphasis is note-perfect, which gives his set a reassuring air that he knows what he’s doing. But he’s also adopted certain aspects of that generation’s outlook, too. Although he appears fresh-faced, he talks of relationships and a tired sex life with the resigned bitterness of a man twice his age, and it doesn’t sit well with the person saying it.

His CV boasts that his stand-up has ‘the standard of performance discipline you would only expect from an actor’, but that’s the problem. He seems to much like an actor playing the part of a comedian, than revealing anything about himself or his genuine opinions.

Other easy targets include internet porn and chavvy single-mums feeding their kids Greggs pasties in his native Hull, which he tackles with a descriptive, observational sarcasm, rather than razor-sharp jokes.

His strong delivery will ensure he’s always entertaining, but unless this relative newcomer changes tack, the lack of personal input will ensure it’s never more than that.

Review date: 22 Oct 2008
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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